Clean energy systems
The power sector, the largest source of global greenhouse gas emissions, must decarbonise to strengthen the global response to climate change.
The adoption of renewable, clean energy is integral to delivering the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 °C, as this would substantially reduce the risks and effects of climate change.
In order to achieve this goal, fossil-fuel dominated energy systems will need to transition to low-carbon alternatives.
Hydropower remains the largest source of renewable electricity generation in the world. It represents over 16 per cent of global electricity production, more than all other renewables combined, and will play an important role in the energy transition.
Hydropower provides valuable grid services that enable increased and more efficient deployment of variable renewables, alongside other essential energy and water services.
Our strategy and action
IHA is increasing awareness of hydropower’s contributions to reliable, stable and affordable energy systems and human development.
We work with international partners to highlight the role of hydropower in enabling the transition towards clean and sustainable energy systems.
Focusing on hydropower’s balancing and ancillary services for grid stability, we also share knowledge on the evolving role of pumped hydropower storage in future energy systems.
We are actively engaged in developing publications, workshops, webinars and events highlighting hydropower as a vital component of future energy systems.
Join the network
IHA’s Clean Energy Systems Knowledge Network supports members to build and share knowledge on hydropower’s role in clean energy systems.
If you are an IHA member, you can join our Clean Energy Systems Knowledge Network.
IHA members can access the knowledge network in Hydropower Pro, our online member community.
In the online group, network members can connect with each other, exchange experiences and access essential resources, briefings and case studies.
For any questions, please contact IHA senior analyst Mathis Rogner at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Latest associated content
33 GW of new hydropower capacity was commissioned in 2015, including 2.5 GW of pumped storage, according to estimates in our new briefing, 2016 Key Trends in HydroType:Blog postDate:1 March 2016
In December 2015, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) carried out an annual issues survey for the first time. This new, annual initiative aims to take the pulse of the hydropower sector at large, monitor key issues faType:Blog postDate:1 March 2016
At the COP21 meetings in Paris, the French hydropower industry pledged to ensure that hydropower can play a leading role in the transition to a clean energy economy.Type:Blog postDate:29 February 2016
In December 2015, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) conducted a new annual survey. More than 200 people involved in hydropower gave their views on a range of issues for the sector.Type:Blog postDate:12 February 2016
A Canadian study based on life-cycle assessments sheds light on how different power generation options and electricity mixes compare in terms of their greenhouse gas footprint and environmental impact.Type:Blog postDate:12 February 2016